Jemima Origin and Meaning

The name Jemima is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "dove".

Jemima, the name of a strong and beautiful Biblical daughter of Job, has long been among the chicest choices of aristocratic Brits, most recently ranking at #231 there in 2017. But despite its lovely sound and peaceful meaning, this attractive name hasn't ranked in the US Top 1000 since 1893, no doubt due to the problematic association with racial stereotyping, exemplified by the Aunt Jemima brand of pancakes.

Jemima was well used by the Puritans, as was that of her sister, Keziah. Some other famous namesakes are Beatrix Potter's Jemima Puddle-Duck and characters in Chitty, Chitty, Bang Bang, Cats, and Thackeray's Vanity Fair. A real-life bearer is Jemima Kirke, who plays Jessa on Girls--and who happens to have a sister named Domino and a son named Memphis. Jemimah is a variant spelling, as seen in the Antonia Fraser crime series Jemimah Shore Investigates.

# 846 in the US

Jemima Rank in US Top 1000

# 551 on Nameberry

Jemima Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Jemima Popularity

Famous People Named Jemima

  • Jemimadaughter of Job
  • Jemima Boonedaughter of Daniel Boone
  • Jemima KirkeEnglish,born American actress
  • Jemima KhanEnglish writer
  • Jemima Nicholasled the women of Pembrokeshire in the "last invasion of Britain"
  • Jemima RooperEnglish actress
  • Jemima WilkinsonAmerican evangelist
  • Jemima WestFrench actress
  • Jemima Ullyet (b. 2005)daughter of tennis player Kevin Ullyet
  • Jemima Bercow (b. 2008)daughter of British politicians John and Sally Bercow

Jemima in Pop Culture

  • Jemimacharacter in "Cats"
  • Jemimacharacter on "Play School"
  • Lady Jemimacharacter in "My Aunt Margaret's Mirror" by Sir Walter Scott
  • Jemima Jonescharacter in "Jemima J" by Jane Green
  • Jemima Kickseycharacter in "The Amours of Mr Deuceace" by William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Jemima Pottscharacter in "Chitty,Chitty,Bang,Bang"
  • Jemima Puddleduckcharacter in eponymous book by Beatrix Potter
  • Jemima Stanburycharacter in "He Knew He Was Right" by Anthony Trollope
  • Jemima "Jem" Walkercharacter on "In The Flesh"
  • Jemima "Jed" Marshallcharacter in "The Night Manager" by John le Carré
  • Aunt Jemimaadvertising figure used for a U.S. brand of pancake mix and syrup